Anaheim Ducks giving veteran forward Teemu Selanne days off option

Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau has given forward Teemu Selanne the option of taking a day...

Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau has given forward Teemu Selanne the option of taking a day off. (Reuters)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 PM ET

Teemu Selanne is a wise, old veteran, but even he can experience something new.

The Anaheim Ducks’ winger is accustomed to having to play with nagging aches and pains down the stretch. Yet with the Ducks having clinched a playoff spot a while ago, Selanne was given the option of days off.

“The thing is, the last 20 years, they teach you in this league to play when you have a broken hand, a broken leg, and then all of a sudden, (head coach) Bruce (Boudreau) told me four weeks ago that he wants me to start taking games off,” Selanne said before facing the Oilers for a second time in two days Monday.

“That’s strange, it sounded weird to just take a game off. Then last week he said that I have to take some games off and obviously it’s a good thing because we can afford to do that, although it sounded weird.

“But the (Calgary) game, I was a little more sore than normal, so it was easier to do that and take a game off. But it sounded weird, that’s a new situation f


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